Visited august 2015. Traditionel JDW, very busy when we were there. Nice clean, friendly staff. Lots of seating, burt alse made it a bit crowded and difficult to get around. Very friendly and welcoming atmosphere, beer range ok and served in fine condition.
A reasonable Wetherspoon pub just down from Holborn tube station. On the last day of the spring festival there weren’t too many of the festival casks still on but the choice of kegs was OK. A nice touch is a set of four barrels behind the bar - actually kegs containing fairly standard stuff (Brooklyn, Shipyard Pale Ale, Sam Adams Boston Lager plus, more interestingly, a Twickenham IPA).
(Visited 29 March 2015).
Visited here early evening on 30/12/13 due to the fact CBC had only 1 cask beer on and the Holborn Whippet was closed ! An A-typical days trading I would imagine, in the heart of the holiday period, and I found the place awash with tourists and shoppers although I’d imagine theres a fair spattering of these on an average day.
Leave Holborn tube (Piccadilly and Central) and turn left, the Shakesperes Head is 100 yards on the same side of Kingsway as the station.
Decor is typical Spoonerium with natural light only at the front, high and low seating, Spoons TM patterned carpet and a longish bar to the far left hand side as you enter.
Service here was very good indeed - top draw as Spoons go.
The older bar keep (as opposed to the blinkered children who JDW employ that never bother to look and see who’s next to be served) actually asked what I wanted as he was finishing topping the Guinness of the previous order - fair play!
Range is not too shabby for a Spoons, and has certainly improved (as I guess most Spoons have in central London) since my last visit some 6 or 7 years ago.
Approx 6 or 7 choices above and beyond the house cask beers such as Shabbot and Shuddles.
A local offering from Portobello was supplemented with Xmas beers from Growler, Caledonian (yeah - I know but a rates a fucking rate!) and O’Hanlons, other guests from Celt and Adnams featured.
No go to destination but another Spoons that has upped its game and you’ll likely grab a new rate in here so if you’re using Holborn tube well worth sticking your head inside.
Large familiar looking Wetherspoon pub with its mix of darker wood and furnishings and furniture and a mix of soft furnishings. The bar is long and despite covering a significant area of the ground floor you often have to push your way through standing room only at peak times, however if you want food you’ll have to find a table to sit at! Has a fair selection of ales.
It’s a large Wetherspoon near Holborn Station. Twelve cask ales normally on tap, though as its quite busy sometimes you’ll be on your third choice before you’ll get a drink. Service is somewhat average.
chriso (528) London, England | August 30, 2012| Updated September 3, 2015
Large Wetherspoons pub with a slightly more pubby feel than some. You’ll generally find a scoop or two here, although probably not as reliable in that respect as the Penderel’s Oak around the corner. And not as interesting a building as the Knights Templar a bit further down the road. The three are, however, quite handy for knocking out a good few beers in close proximity when there’s a Spoons festival on. Like many Wetherspoons they sometimes seem to have trouble with matching staff numbers to customer numbers so service can be spotty. And, in common with all Spoons, prices are good. Doesn’t really merit a special visit but worth a look if you are in the area.
A big JDW in central London. Twelve casks on offer, nothing super interesting on my visit. Staff, from bottom to top, is comprised of major bean-counters; they gave me a bit of grief with regards to my CAMRA JDW vouchers. Good location so it’s easy to pop into, and they probably usually have a least one new beer for the tickers out there.
A long Spoons is this one. Relatively narrow - but long. Nontheless spacious inside.
Service was slow even by Spoons standards (for Chrissake get more people behind the bar!).
Beers were a mixture - some in good knick, others not so much. Hard to tell if it was poor cellaring or poor brewing.
Not a terrible place but won’t be coming out of my way to go here.